Laboute's Fairy Wrasse is one of the more exotic members of the genus, the Laboutei Fairy Wrasse has a small range in nature, including the Great Barrier Reef. Cirrhilabrus laboutei is exceptionally peaceful, even for a Fairy Wrasse. All species of Cirrhilabrus are plankton feeders and have no interest in corals, clams, etc. and make ideal, peaceful choices for the reef aquarium. Cirrhilabrus laboutei is infrequently collected in small quantities. The window of opportunity to grab one when available is typically only about 24 hours!
Cirrhilabrus labouti or Labouti Fairy Wrasse is almost fake in appearance from the beautiful markings and coloration. This fish is one of the larger of the fairy wrasse species reaching almost five inches in length as an adult and well known for it's ability to jump from open topped tanks. Like other fairy wrasses of the Cirrhilabrus genus, it is fairly hardy and should be given plenty of places to hide. After it establishes it will become more active and be one of the best eaters in your tank. In captivity they tend to dull in color slightly when lacking the presence of another male. Do not attempt to keep more than one male unless they will live in a very large tank. Females are best introduced to the tank before or at the same time as the male. Will behave aggressively toward other fairy wrasses that arrive to the tank after them.
Maximum Size: The Laboute's Fairy Wrasse can grow to a maximum size of 3 inches.
General Size Specifications: Generally the size of this wrasse fish ranges between 1.5 to 2.5 inches.
Minimum Tank Size: The tank capacity for a healthy Laboute's Fairy Wrasse fish should be at least 30 gallon. Quality of the water has to be maintained. (72-78ºF; s g 1.020-1.025; pH 8.1-8.4)
Habitat: Range: The Laboute's Fairy Wrasse is commonly found in Australian and South Pacific.
Diet: Though in wild, it prefers to have planktons, in captivity it is a carnivore. Food intake includes feeder shrimps, flaked foods, shrimp, mysid shrimp and black worms. The Lubbock's Fairy Wrasse should be fed with a variety of food including vitamin supplements.